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Resetting Pakistan’s Relations with Afghanistan

Asia Report N°262, 28 October 2014

A Pashtun man passes a road sign while pulling supplies toward the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing in Chaman.

As Pakistan seeks to consolidate its fragile democracy, it should seize the moment to improve relations with its Afghan neighbour. Its biggest challenge comes from within. The civilian government has to regain control over national security and foreign policy from the military.

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